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  • First Unitarian Church

    Frank Furness (1885-86)

    The First Unitarian Church

    While Frank Furness designed a number of churches, First Unitarian was a project that was especially dear to him.

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  • Fisher Fine Arts Library

    Frank Furness (1888-90)

    Fisher Fine Arts Library

    On the University of Pennsylvania, Frank Furness (1888-90)

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  • Fonthill Castle & Museum

    Henry Mercer’s concrete castle, an American treasure

    Exterior of Fonthill Museum.

    Harvard-educated Henry Chapman Mercer built his storybook stone mansion with its turrets and balconies from the inside out, without using blueprints. Modeled after a 13th-century Rhenish castle, it has Gothic doorways, 32 sudden stairways, dead ends, and 44 rooms, each in a different shape.

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  • Glencairn Museum

    Centuries of religious artifacts in a modern castle

    Glencairn Museum

    Centuries of religious artifacts in a modern castle

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  • High Hollow

    George Howe (1886-1955)

    High Hollow is typical of the many beautiful country homes Howe designed in the early part of his career.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Margaret Esherick House (Private Residence)

    Louis I. Kahn (1960)

    An outstanding example of a modest building transformed by the use of natural light.

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  • Masonic Temple

    A showcase of grand, almost mythical, architecture and design

    The Masonic Temple

    The Temple is one of the more magnificent buildings in the city from the outside, its Norman cathedral-like exterior rising wondrously across the street from City Hall.

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  • Mechanics’ National Bank

    Philadelphia’s first bank for the working and artist classes

    The Mechanics' National Bank

    Mechanics’ National Bank building has been the proud home of many establishments in its 200 years of existence. Today, it houses the wildly popular bar, National Mechanics.

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  • Merchant’s Exchange

    William Strickland (1832-1833)

    The Merchant's Exchange

    The oldest stock exchange building in the country and one of the most beautiful.

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  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

    Gallery in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosts vast collection of American art boasts treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.

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  • Philadelphia International Airport

    The Gateway to Philadelphia and The Countryside®

    Philadelphia International Airport is located just seven miles from downtown Philadelphia with easy access via taxi, train, limousine and shuttle services.

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  • PSFS Building

    George Howe (1930-1932)

    The country’s first International style skyscraper

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  • Richards Medical Research Building

    Louis I. Kahn (1957-1961)

    Considered to be one of the most significant examples of modern American architecture

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  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue

    A 1920s-era architectural marvel and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

    This synagogue, built in 1927, is an outstanding example of the Byzantine style. The building, which places home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, is free and open to the public.

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  • Shiloh Baptist

    An historic church designed by the renowned Frank Furness

    A beautiful piece of period architecture designed by the renowned Frank Furness, Shiloh plays host to expertly curated dance and visual art events.

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  • St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church

    William Strickland (1822-23)

    St. Stephen’s Church is the only surviving example of architect William Strickland’s Gothic style.

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  • Stenton

    William Penn’s powerful agent-secretary, James Logan, made Stenton his country seat

    Stenton was one of the grandest houses of its time.

    Ben Franklin thought it was worth the trip to Germantown’s Stenton, one of the grandest houses of its time.

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  • The Architectural Archives
    & Kroiz Gallery

    Preserving and presenting architecture – in a National Historic Landmark

    How bombastic-yet logical! In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.

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  • The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

    National center for architectural history

    The Athenaeum was founded as a member-supported library in 1814, and continued for more than a century and a half as a British-style reading room on one of the city^s original squares. During the last quarter century, the Athenaeum built its collections, restored its building, and transformed itself into a national center for the history of architecture and design. The Athenaeum stands only one block from Independence Hall, overlooking leafy Washington Square.

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Comcast Center

    Philadelphia’s tallest building is also one of the country’s greenest

    The Comcast Center

    Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the newly opened Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia. And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is also the tallest “green” building in the country.

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  • The Wharton Esherick Studio and Museum

    A master woodworker’s creations, housed in his unique studio

    Exterior of the Wharton Esherick Studio.

    Nestled in the woods near Valley Forge, the Wharton Esherick Museum is truly a hidden treasure. Esherick, called “the Dean of American Craftsmen,” built his studio/home himself in an organic, flowing style–even the roofline is curved–over a span of forty years.

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  • Thomas Hockley House

    Frank Furness (1875/1894)

    The Hockley House demonstrates Furness’ distinctive use of brick to create rich texture and patterns.

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  • United States Naval Asylum

    William Strickland (1827-33 / 1844)

    When built, the United States Naval Asylum was one of the largest Greek Revival hospitals in the country, modeled after the Temple of Ilissus in Athens.

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  • Your Philadelphia Tour

    Design your own historical and cultural excursion in the City of Brotherly Love

    Your Philadelphia Tour allows tour-goers to create their own custom guided tour.

    Your Philadelphia Tour seeks to offer a different way to see and learn about the City of Brotherly Love: by putting the tour-goers in charge.

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